Lions choose a leader
HUGH EIGELAND, from Inverell, won the district Lions youth of the year award on Saturday night in Grafton.
The 17-year-old McIntyre High School student was chosen over six other candidates, including Grafton's winner Sam Brown.
Sam won the public speaking award, along with a $50 book voucher.
Hugh is involved in a range of activities including the Young Achievement Award in 2005, the Inverell Junior Hockey Association and the National Youth Science Forum.
He won a $75 book voucher and will travel to Cessnock on April 8 to compete for the state title.
"It was a fantastic night and there were so many people there, the six students were absolutely brilliant," chairman of the Grafton competition, Bernie Barron, said.
"Cream rises to the top and it certainly rose last night."
For the speeches Hugh spoke about bird flu, while Sam spoke about breaking away from the Union Jack and getting a new Australian flag.